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  • employer's return

    Form returned to a levying officer by an employer that states whether the judgment debtor still works there and when the debtor is paid, and corrects any wrong information about the debtor or employer...

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  • en banc

    Court sessions where all the judges of a court participate, instead of the usual number. For example, the U.S. circuit courts of appeals usually use panels of 3 judges, but all the judges in the court...

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  • endorse

    To sign your name on a document to authorize its contents or transfer (as in a check that is endorsed to transfer money)....

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  • endorsed-filed copies

    Copies of court papers that are stamped in the top right corner to show when they were filed. Compare with certified copy....

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  • enforce

    To take legal steps to make sure someone complies with a judgment....

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  • enjoin

    To order or require; to order that something be stopped....

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  • equitable

    (1) Describes civil suits in "equity" instead of in "law." In the legal history of England, courts of "law" could order only the payment of damages. But courts of "equity" could order someone to do so...

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  • equity

    A system of law that supplements the statutory and case law and is based on principles of what is "fair and right."...

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  • establish

    A process to prove paternity (fatherhood) and/or to get a court or administrative order for child support....

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  • estoppel

    An act or statement that prevents a person from later making claims to the contrary....

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  • et al.

    In Latin, this means "and others." Refers to parties not included in the formal name of a court case....

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  • et ux.

    In Latin, this means "and wife."...

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  • eviction

    A court-administered proceeding for removing a tenant from a rental unit because the tenant has violated the rental agreement or did not comply with a notice ending the tenancy (also called an "unlawf...

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  • eviction notice

    A notice that the landlord serves on the tenant asking the tenant to move out and explaining why. Some notices give the tenant the chance to fix the problem, like pay back rent or stop doing something...

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  • evidence

    Any proof legally presented at trial through witnesses, records, and/or exhibits....

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